Berwick’s busy Beehive

David Drummond and Kirsty Neilson of Iain Grieve Painters & Decorators get to it in The Beehive youth centre. Local tradesmen and women are giving their time up to refurbish the centre.
David Drummond and Kirsty Neilson of Iain Grieve Painters & Decorators get to it in The Beehive youth centre. Local tradesmen and women are giving their time up to refurbish the centre.

The Beehive youth club in Berwick has received a welcome revamp after local tradesmen answered a DIY SOS.

Following the format of the popular BBC TV show, a dozen businesses from both sides of the border got stuck into the project last week.

David Drummond and Iain Grieve of Iain Grieve Painters & Decorators in The Beehive youth centre. Local tradesmen and women are giving their time up to refurbish the centre.

David Drummond and Iain Grieve of Iain Grieve Painters & Decorators in The Beehive youth centre. Local tradesmen and women are giving their time up to refurbish the centre.

Their marathon effort resulted in the transformation of a rather drab and dishevelled area into a smart space for teens to spent time.

Merrick Thomson, youth work team leader at Berwick Youth Project, said: “It’s been amazing to see so many businesses chipping in to help us.”

Earlier this year, the Radio Borders charity Cash for Kids chose The Beehive to benefit from its Superhero Day.

“Their help got the ball rolling for us and got us thinking about a refurbishment of the Beehive and buying some new equipment,” said Merrick. “We’ve since had a massive response from the community with lots of businesses offering time, materials and help.”

The team outside The Beehive youth centre in Berwick working on refurbishing the centre.

The team outside The Beehive youth centre in Berwick working on refurbishing the centre.

The project was delayed because, on the original day of the DIY SOS, a wifi issue prevented broadcast.

Candy Rafferty, Cash for Kids charity manager, said: “Over a couple of days last week however, the tradesmen and businesses of Berwick and beyond pulled together and, in an amazing display of generosity, completely re-decorated this essential youth service.

“I literally never had to ask twice – from the moment I let people know what was happening and how they could help, they did.

“Not only offering what was asked for, but going well beyond once they had seen the site and could suggest improvements of their own. As well as nominating contacts and suppliers that would also be pleased to offer help. Their enthusiasm was truly infectious.”

l To celebrate, Radio Borders will be broadcasting its Home Show live from The Beehive with presenter Iain Waugh tomorrow from 3pm to 7pm.